Good and Bad Aspects of Diesel and Natural Gas Generator
A generator is a device we use to convert mechanical power into electric power. We use this generator in case of outages and also in places where there is no chance of electric power. We need an external power source to run this device. Usual power sources include natural gas and diesel. Here we compare the two – diesel and natural gas generators.
Important Aspects of Natural Gas Generator
Considered as an effective and affordable fuel source, diesel ranks next only to coal in cost. Coal is highly polluting. Natural gas is got like all petroleum products by drilling. We store it in liquid form and convert to its gaseous form at the site where we use it. Natural gas generators use this gas to produce our electric power. We use the best commercial genset in large cities as a source of emergency power and in rural and remote areas as the main power source.
- Natural gas is cleaner: Compared to coal and oil, natural gas produces a lesser amount of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and sulphur – the greenhouse gases, and so is less polluting.
- It is cheaper: The cost of natural gas is much cheaper when compared to other fuels.
- Gas generators are efficient: Using a natural gas generator helps convert fuel into more energy compared to other energy sources like petrol or coal.
- Not much odour: We do not get any pungent smell like we do when we use diesel for fuel.
- We cannot store it and if there is a disruption, we cannot get the fuel we need in a hurry.
- It is highly explosive by nature.
Significant Features of a Diesel Generator
A diesel engine has two parts-one is an electric generator, and second is a diesel engine. It uses diesel to produce electric energy. We can use it to give us power in remote places. These are common emergency backup units for emergency power supply. We can get both single and three-phase power supply.
- The price factor: Economic consideration is the deciding factor. The price of diesel is more than that of gas. But, because it has a higher energy density and so it is more efficient.
- High dependability: It never stops running. This means there are no power outages. This plays a deciding role in crucial establishments such as hospitals.
- Modern generators are better: Improvements in technology have made new generators less noisy and more efficient.
- No sparking or any chance of fire: Diesel engine does not need any wires or spark plugs. This removes the danger of fires.
- Diesel is less flammable: Being less inflammable, we can store diesel safely.
- Cost of the generator is more: The price of the generator is more.
- Makes a lot of noise: This is an issue linked to diesel generators. If you live in a crowded place, all your neighbours will complain of the noise.
- Occupies a large space: Being bulky, a diesel generator will need a big place.
In the final assay, we look at two aspects to make the choice. First is the purpose for which you buy a generator. And, what is the cost you will pay for it?